Job posting: Catalog Assistant 4, Yale Center for British Art

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Original Posting Date 11-Feb-2016
Supervisory Organization Yale Center for British Art – Collections
STARS Requisition number 35910BR
University Job Title Catalog Assistant 4
Posting Position Title Sr Catalog Asst Ref Lib British Art Ctr
Bargaining Unit L34 – Local 34 (Yale Union Group)
Time Type Part time
Duration Type Regular
Compensation Grade Labor Grade D
Work Location Central Campus
Worksite Address 1080 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510
Work Week Flexible or Non-Standard (for anything other than Standard)
Total # of hours to be worked: 25
Work Days/Hours (Other than Standard) Mon-Friday 5 hours each day
Position Focus: The Reference Library and Archives provides library and information services to all departments of the Yale Center for British Art, students and faculty of Yale University, outside researchers, and the general public. The Library collection numbers nearly 40,000 volumes devoted to British art, artists, and culture from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Roughly 1000 titles are added to the collection yearly (books, ,journals, microform, auction and dealer catalogues, and e-resources) and the Senior Catalog assistant catalogs all of these materials into Yale’s online library system.  Working as part of the Library team (including the Chief Librarian, Assistant Librarian, Senior Archivist, Library Assistant – Acquisitions, and Library Assistant – Public Services) the Senior Catalog Assistant performs essential functions of the Library. The successful candidate will be well-organized, a good communicator, a good team member, and with a strong attention to detail–ideally, someone who has a genuine interest in art and culture and who has cataloging experience, both copy and original.

The Senior Catalog Assistant creates MARC 21 records in Voyager, the Yale Library catalog system. S/he uses Yale and Library of Congress cataloging guidelines and conforms to the RDA Resource Description and Access cataloging standard.  The Senior Catalog Assistant will often use copy cataloging to add records to the system, but will also be asked to create original catalog records and needs to have a strong knowledge of a broad range of cataloging tools and an understanding of national and Yale standards. The Senior Catalog Assistant is part of a team that provides pre-order searching for potential acquisitions, S/he also readies books and journals for binding; prepares spine labels for new additions to the collections; maintains a shelf list; oversees and corrects student shelving; and leads an annual inventory of the collection. The Senior Catalog Assistant is responsible for one shift (3-4 hours) at the reference desk each week, assisting patrons of all types with reference and information questions. The Senior Catalog Assistant will work closely with Yale cataloging units across the University and particularly with the Catalog Librarian and the Senior Catalog Assistant in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department of the YCBA to resolve MARC record discrepancies and to coordinate YCBA cataloging policy. The successful candidate will be the YCBA Reference Library’s source of information on cataloging procedures and policies. The Senior Catalog Assistant will assist with accessions of archival materials, arrange and describe collections, perform minor preservation tasks, and coordinate the logistics of moving collections material between locations. The Senior Catalog Assistant will also provide reference assistance in order to aid staff and researcher access to the Institutional Archives collections.

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Essential Duties 1. Serves as a source of information on established procedures and policies. 2. Oversees, instructs and coordinates activities of staff. Creates new, descriptive catalog records, primarily in literature, without supplied bibliographic data. 3. Performs member copy cataloging tasks as well as Library of Congress copy cataloging tasks and revises records with database copy. 4. Identifies problems and seeks resolution with other library units to resolve conflicts or inaccuracies in the catalog or database. 5. Resolves problems with complex bibliographic and holdings record. 6. May add or modify bibliographic and holdings information. May perform a range of cataloging functions. 7. Searches for bibliographic data with incomplete information or source material in catalogs, files, and databases. 8. Performs clerical function incidental to library activity.
Required Education and Experience Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate’s degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
Required Skill/Ability 1: Proven proficiency creating copy and original MARC21 catalog records. Highly developed attention to detail and substantive analytical abilities.
Required Skill/Ability 2: Proven proficiency in: cataloging description, LC classification,and subject analysis.
Required Skill/Ability 3: Flexible team player that can communicate and work well with the YCBA Reference Library staff, the departments of the YCBA, the Yale Library and the general public.
Required Skill/Ability 4: Willingness and ability to acquire knowledge of the Reference Library collections and adjust cataloging policies and procedures to the needs of its constituencies.
Required Skill/Ability 5: Ability to multi-task, to prioritize assignments, and to work well independently.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Previous experience with Yale cataloging, Voyager system, OCLC, RDA. Experience with archival procedures for accessioning, arrangement, description and archival encoding and data standards.  Experience creating records in ArchivesSpace or other collections management systems. Interest working with born-digital archival materials. Educational background/interest in art and culture. 
Physical Requirements Ability to use step ladders while lifting and moving boxes up to 40 lbs.
Weekend Hours Required? No
Evening Hours Required? No
Drug Screen No
Health Screening No
Background Check Requirements All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.
Posting Disclaimer The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.
Affirmative Action Statement: Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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